Govox Schools Programme

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The Challenge

One in 14 children have attempted suicide by the age of 17. Govox wanted to do something to help address this shocking figure. Govox offers a mental health support platform for schools, universities, sports clubs and other organisations, that has the ability to identify those who are silently suffering from mental health problems – helping to pinpoint those who are at ‘high risk’ so they can get the help that they need. Govox was already used by a number of independent schools across the UK, proving that the platform is effective for children – but there was little awareness of it amongst parents and the state school sector. There was also a barrier insofar as many state schools do not have the budget for a paid solution to the issue of mental health.

The Solution

The idea was bold and simple – we suggested that Govox offers its platform completely free of charge to 1,000 state secondary schools across the UK (around a quarter of all secondary schools in the country).

In order to demonstrate the need for the platform, we dug into ONS figures on teen suicide and uncovered that, shockingly, there has been a 50% increase in the past decade – something which had barely been reported on in media.

To get the launch on the national news agenda, we engaged MP Bim Afolami, Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Youth, demonstrating to him the seriousness of the issue. We were in turn able to gain the support of the Education Secretary (who provided a quote) and the Prime Minister, and even had the programme raised during Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament. We partnered with a range of organisations including Local Mind to add further credibility to the launch.

We undertook extensive print and online media relations, and created a broadcast media package, working with a local school to offer a suitable location as well as interviews with a range of spokespeople and experts. To add a tail to the campaign, we then put a focus on more in-depth feature/profile pieces on Govox’s founder, as well as regional engagement, calling on schools in specific cities across the UK to sign up.

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The Impact

60,000+ pupils signed up to receive mental health support
pieces of coverage, including 15 nationals and an outside broadcast on Sky News
100% increase in web traffic and most visitors ever to website on launch day

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